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Poole Arts Services supports club night for people with learning disabilities

Borough of Poole Arts Service is pleased to support the recent Big Night Out event, a night of clubbing run by and for people with learning disabilities that took place on 23rd April.

The event at Cameo nightclub in Bournemouth, saw a record number of around 400 club-goers attending from across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. In addition, more clubbers than ever before stayed on the dancefloor until later in the evening due to organisers promoting the national Stay Up Late campaign.

The Big Night Out is Bournemouth and Poole’s club night run by and for people with learning disabilities and features local learning disabled DJs the Mix It Up Kru. The event offers music lovers with learning disabilities the opportunity to go out dancing in a safe and supportive environment. 

Jonathan Wilding, a learning disabled member of Poole Forum said: “The Big Night Out gives me a chance to dance away. I came in a minibus tonight and without this transport, I would find it very difficult to go clubbing."

Anna Shiels of Poole Arts Service said: “A night out is the kind of thing that many of us take for granted, but for many people with learning disabilities the Big Night Out offers the only safe opportunity to go clubbing. Poole Arts Service is proud to have been a partner since 2006 and we look forward to continuing to support people this social and cultural event.”

Club-goers from as far as Sherborne and Beaminster attended and the promotion of the Stay Up Late campaign meant that many evening care staff were able to adjust their shift patterns to help clubbers stay on the dancefloor for longer.

The Big Night Out is a partnership between self advocacy agencies Bournemouth People First, People First Dorset and Poole Forum with Borough of Poole Arts Service, Cameo Nightclub and sponsorship from Suttle Stone Quarries. The next Big Night Out will be going ahead on Thursday 8th October at Cameo. 

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